1977 Chicago Bears season

The 1977 Chicago Bears season was their 58th regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–5 record, which was their first winning season since 1967 and earned them a wild card spot against the Dallas Cowboys, who eventually beat the Bears en route to a Super Bowl victory. This was their first postseason appearance since winning the 1963 championship. They secured this by winning their last six games, including among others the last of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ record run of twenty-six losses.

Walter Payton was the star of the team as he led the entire NFL in rushing (1,852 yards), 275 of those 1,852 came on a November 20 game against their division rivals the Minnesota Vikings and he did it despite coming down with the flu and a dark rainy day at Soldier Field.

A week after the Dallas playoff loss, Coach Pardee stunned the team by resigning to take the head coaching position of the Washington Redskins (George Allen having been fired after the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs by a Bears overtime victory over the New York Giants in the last game of the regular season).

1977 Chicago Bears season
Head coachJack Pardee
General managerJim Finks
OwnerGeorge Halas
Home fieldSoldier Field
Results
Record9–5
Division place2nd NFC Central
Playoff finishLost NFC Divisional (Dallas) 37-7

Offseason

NFL Draft

Roster

1977 Chicago Bears final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 Detroit Lions W 30–20
51,530
2 September 25, 1977 at St. Louis Cardinals L 13–16
49,878
3 October 2, 1977 New Orleans Saints L 24–42
51,488
4 October 10, 1977 Los Angeles Rams W 24–23
51,412
5 October 16, 1977 at Minnesota Vikings L 16–22
47,708
6 October 23, 1977 Atlanta Falcons L 10–16
49,407
7 October 30, 1977 at Green Bay Packers W 26–0
56,002
8 November 6, 1977 at Houston Oilers L 0–47
47,226
9 November 13, 1977 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–27
49,543
10 November 20, 1977 Minnesota Vikings W 10–7
49,563
11 November 24, 1977 at Detroit Lions W 31–14
71,373
12 December 4, 1977 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 10–0
48,948
13 December 11, 1977 Green Bay Packers W 21–10
33,557
14 December 18, 1977 at New York Giants W 12–9 (OT)
50,152

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 26, 1977 at Dallas Cowboys L 7–37
62,920

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Lions 7 337 20
Bears 7 2003 30

[1]

Week 4

1 234Total
Rams 13 307 23
• Bears 7 7010 24

[2]

Week 11

1 234Total
• Bears 0 01714 31
Lions 0 707 14

[3]

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 231 227 W1
Chicago Bears(4) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 255 253 W6
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–8 183 252 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 10 0 .286 2–5 4–7 134 219 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 12 0 .143 0–4 2–11 103 223 W2

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff

Safety Charlie Waters led the Cowboys to a 37–7 victory by setting an NFL playoff record of 3 interceptions. Dallas built a 17–0 halftime lead, with the aid of running back Doug Dennison’s 2-yard touchdown run and quarterback Roger Staubach’s 28-yard scoring pass to tight end Billy Joe Dupree. In the second half, running back Tony Dorsett recorded two rushing touchdowns and Efren Herrera added two more field goals. The Bears were limited to 224 total yards and did not score until the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.

Awards and records

  • Walter Payton, NFL MVP
  • Walter Payton, led NFL in rushing (1,852 yards)
  • Walter Payton, Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player
  • Walter Payton, Led NFL in Total Yards, (2,216)

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Nov-27.

External links

Scoring summary
1DETDexter Bussey 1-yard run (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)Lions 7–0
1CHIJohnny Musso 2-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Tie 7–7
2CHISteve Schubert 70-yard punt return (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 14–7
2CHIWalter Payton 3-yard run (kick failed)Bears 20–7
2CHIWalter Payton 2-yard run (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 27–7
2DETSteve Mike-Mayer 35-yard field goalBears 27–10
3DETSteve Mike-Mayer 38-yard field goalBears 27–13
4DETDexter Bussey 5-yard run (Steve Mike-Mayer kick)Bears 27–20
4CHIBob Thomas 35-yard field goalBears 30–20
Scoring summary
1LARafael Septien 22 yard field goalRams 3–0
1LARafael Septien 29 yard field goalRams 6–0
1LALawrence McCutcheon 2 yard run (Rafael Septien kick)Rams 13–0
1CHIJames Scott 70 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)Rams 13–7
2CHIJames Scott 72 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 14–13
2LARafael Septien 24 yard field goalRams 16–14
4CHIBob Thomas 33 yard field goalBears 17–16
4CHIGreg Latta 29 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)Bears 24–16
4LADwight Scales 26 yard pass from Pat Haden (Rafael Septien kick)Bears 24–23
Game information
Scoring summary
Q2DETHill 16 yard pass from Landry (Mike-Mayer kick)DET 7–0
Q3CHIRather 42 yard pass from Avellini (Thomas kick)Tie 7–7
Q3CHIPayton 75 yard pass from Avellini (Thomas kick)CHI 14–7
Q3CHIThomas 29 yard field goalCHI 17–7
Q4CHIAvellini 1 yard run (Thomas kick)CHI 24–7
Q4DETO'Neil 52 yard fumble return (Mike-Mayer kick)CHI 24–14
Q4CHIPayton 8 yard run (Thomas kick)CHI 31–14
Franchise
Records
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Retired numbers
Key personnel
Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
Media
Current league affiliations
Seasons (100)

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